Tennessee Society USD of 1812 holds council
Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 8:02 pm
ATTENDING STATE COUNCIL — Attending the 101st Tennessee State Council U.S.D. 1812 were (from left) Joy Bland, Chaplain, Tulip Grove Chapter; State President Charlotte Reynolds; President National Nona Quinn; Second Vice President National Aline Roberts and State Librarian Donna Cooley.
By Aline Roberts
The 101st State Council Tennessee Society United States Daughters of 1812 met March 3, 2011 at the Chattanooga Choo Choo in Chattanooga, State President, Charlotte Reynolds presided.
Executive board met 8:30-10 a.m. Ritual was given by Betty Richards. Librarian, Donna Cooley led the Pledge to USA Flag. Roll call of officers, 11 and Honoraries, 2.
State Treasurer, Barbara Bishop, reported we are financial sound. First VP Charlotte Miller reported 44 members to be present. The State Summer Board Meeting will be held in Nashville if a suitable place is found on Aug. 18.
Everyone welcomed new curator Pro tem, Colleen Spears. Unfinished business discussed not accepting Camp Blount to mark next year but 1- consider marking Col. Thomas Hart Benton home at Leepers Fort, TN. This will be done in 2013 in the 1812 Bicentennial year, and earmark $500 to come from the State General Fund. 2- Motion, to place on the TN State Treasurer Form, line item, Historical Marking Project funds. 3- Motion, TN State Society purchase some of Andrew Jackson’s china from the Hermitage to put in the TN Room in memory of Hon. State President, Pat Rhoton who died Feb. 18.
The General Board meeting was called at 10:15 a.m. by Mrs. Reynolds. The Ritual was led by State Chaplain, Betty Richards. Patriotic exercises were said in unison. The Purposes of the National Society was read by 1st VP Charlotte Miller. The welcome was given by Colleen Spears, VP, Crockett Forge Seat Chapter. Response was given by Lynda Williams, President of General Henry Knox Chapter. Mrs. Reynolds gave introductions of state officers. Second VP National, Aline Roberts, introduced President National Mrs. Quinn. Greetings were brought by President National, Nona Quinn from Geronimo, Okla. Minutes were not read, approved by a committee. Treasurer’s report was explained to membership and voted to approval. Nancy Carr gave the audit report. Recommendation of motions were read and approved. Election of delegates to National Council were: Aline Roberts, Bettie Gustafson, Felicia Wilt, Colleen Spears, Linda Tripp and Charlotte Reynolds. Colleen Spears was sworn in as the new State Curator.
Next began the report of officers. Mrs. Reynolds reported she attended Associate Council in Washington in April and went to the Congressional Cemetery where our founding President National grave is located. She has attended meetings with Tennessee Bicentennial Commission on the War of 1812 for possible site markings. She thanked the chapters for their great work in 2010. First VP, Charlotte Miller, plans the state and summer board meetings. Third VP Linda Tripp reported state membership as 318 adults; 18 FADDS, 27 juniors & one over 90 yrs. Fourth VP Jo Hill, will present 1812 awards. Chaplain, Betty Richards, reported 7 deaths. Registrar, Nancy Carr made a complete set of papers on Volunteer-Vauhatchie Chapter membership that were lost, and presented them to Jo Hill, president, in memory of Honorary State President Pat Rhoton who recently died. Librarian, Donna Cooley, repeated that we needed more books to give to the national and state libraries. Curator, Colleen Spears, will work with the National Curator, Bettie Gustafson.
Meeting recessed for the 1812 Stars Luncheon. The program was given by Mrs. Reynolds entitled, “Rachel Jackson’s Journey to the White House”. She began, “the year is 1940. Franklin Roosevelt is President of United States. Prentice Cooper is the Governor of Tennessee. Mrs. Ruthledge Smith is serving as the Tennessee State President of U.S.D. 1812. She was the first woman to vote in Davidson Co. when the 19th Amendment was passed. Mrs. Smith was the motivating force in securing a portrait of Rachel Jackson to be hung in the White House. While attending Tea at the White House she discovered that all the President’s wives had their portrait hanging there expect Rachel’s. From letters written by Mrs. Smith to Howard Chandler Christy, a well-known artist, she asked him to paint an oil portrait of Rachel for the White House. She also sent a letter to Governor Cooper. In a letter from the White House we find these words, “You may count upon having Howard C. Christy make a portrait of Mrs. Jackson to be hung in the new East Wing of the White House”. Mr. Christy was to use the Earl portrait that hangs in the Hermitage as a model and is like the one Jackson carried with him constantly. All of the information concerning the painting of Rachel Jackson is found in letters that were given to Mrs. Reynolds recently by Martha Willis. The letters were presented to the TN State Librarian, Mary Helms and a copy to the President National for National Headquarters. Mrs. Reynolds replied in talking with the White House Curator, I found out Rachel’s portrait has been in storage for two years and there are no plans to return it to the White House for hanging. We need another Mrs. Smith to see about this!
The afternoon consisted of a Memorial Service, State Committee reports and Chapter President’s reports. Nancy Carr was presented the “1812 Star Award”.
Then 1812 members boarded a bus and went to the Hamilton Co. Courthouse for a rededication program on an 1812 marker placed there on Nov. 2, 1949, honoring Alexander Hamilton, First U.S. Secretary of the Treasury 1789-1795.
The Evening Banquet speaker was our National President, Mrs. Quinn who spoke on famous 1812 women. Later 1812 awards were presented by Jo Hill and the meeting closed by singing “God Bless America”. A reception was held for Mrs. Quinn and gifts were presented to her.